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Poster: EBCinNYC Date: Nov 7, 2007 9:03am
Forum: Americana Subject: Re: Serious lack of browsing ability here - when will it equal a physical library's browsability?

If Text is not valid, it should not be a selectable option.

Very few users of the library will arrive at the Advanced Search page knowing that there is a difference between searching through "Text" and searching through "texts". How would an ordinary person know that the IA makes this distinction? You have told me they are different, but what is Text used for, then, if it is used at all? How would I have known that?

The Internet Archive is an excellent project, a fine contribution to the progress of civilization - but there are real usability problems with how the web interface is implemented.

No one can be expert at everything. There is obvious intelligence, ability and hard work going on here, but this one important area is weak. I suggest getting outside help to make the user interfaces less arcane, more intuitive and clear. It should be easily usable by a middle school student in Des Moines, a car mechanic in Bogota, or a researcher at the Museum of Natural History here in New York.

This interface problem is not unusual, and needing to get outside help on one or two aspects of a large project is completely normal, no matter how brilliant the underlying project or how intelligent and skilled the project managers.

This post was modified by EBCinNYC on 2007-11-07 16:58:22

This post was modified by EBCinNYC on 2007-11-07 17:03:28